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Their first job -- new opening and closing dates. Not much can get done until those dates are worked out by the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government and Tokyo organizers.
The open letter, which was directed to athletes, is the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began that the IOC has said it's considering other options.
The International Olympic Committee president is considering "possible scenarios" for the Tokyo Games amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, but cancellation isn't one of them.
Organizers have repeatedly said the Games will go ahead, but as the rapid spread of the virus brings the sports world to a virtual standstill, fears are growing that the Olympics may be postponed or canceled.
Canadian public health experts say it's very unlikely this summer's Tokyo Olympics will proceed as scheduled due to the new coronavirus outbreak.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has not said if it has contingency plans for hosting the Tokyo 2020 Games amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Speculation -- denied by organizers -- is swirling that the global outbreak will scupper Japan's dream of hosting the Tokyo Olympics, an outcome that could become more likely if a state of emergency is declared.
The Olympic torch will be lighted on March 12 in a ceremony in Greece and then flown to Japan.
The Tokyo Olympics are being threatened by a fast-spreading virus that has been blamed for 12 deaths in Japan and has shut down most schools, sports competitions and Olympic-related events in the country.
Abe said at a news conference that Japan is at critical juncture to determine whether the country can keep the outbreak under control ahead of the Tokyo summer Olympics.